News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in August 2009
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IBM To Offer Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Desktops will be virtualized via the products of either VMware or Citrix Systems to match a customer's current environment.
New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
GMIS Epilogue: DHS, DC, and The Merits of In-Person
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Like every conference attendee, I was way too busy dealing with logistics to deal with most anything else. But now that I'm all unpacked, here are a few things of note that I left out of my conference blog, including advice from the Department of Homeland Security, cloudy goodness from Dmitry Kachaev of the District of Columbia, and why we might all want to be teleconference luddites.
Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Snow Leopard Draws Mixed Reviews
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Apple's newest OS praised by some for speed, knocked by others for lack of "killer features."
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Palm Pre Heads To Canada
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Bell Mobility will offer the touch-screen smartphone for $199.95 with a three-year contract.
VA CIO Eyes 'Big' Changes, Challenges
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report finds "systemic" problems in IT project management at the agency.
Google Weighs Fighting Gmail Subpoena
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Fickle Carriers Now Want Stimulus Funds
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The unqualified success of the first part of the government's broadband stimulus effort is forcing broadband carriers to change their tune.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The addition of Netrics' technology to Collaboration Information Manager version 7.2.1 considerably improves the finding of duplicate records in very large data sets through advanced mathematical modeling of human similarity.
Ad Copy For The Faithful
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Last week's talk about FSF's "7 Sins" campaign made me think about the nature of such pro/con publicity efforts -- like Apple's PC/Mac ads, the "I'm a PC" ad. Are they designed to draw people into the fold, or keep people from leaving it?

IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
Building On The Government 2.0 Platform
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
Tim O'Reilly is enthusiastic, and rightly so, about the promise of innovation in "Government 2.0," the concept of government serving as a platform from which new services and applications are made available to the public. So, if the government is a platform, how do businesses and other developers build on it?
Global CIO: In The Age Of Facebook, IT Problems Become CIO Nightmares
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
For unknown reasons, a vital software application isn't delivering mission-critical information, and the end-customers are screaming mad. And they're airing their complaints very publicly on Facebook.
Office Upgrades Are Not Summer Fun
Commentary  |  8/29/2009  | 
A friend of mine returned from vacation last week to find that her work PC had been upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. Perhaps I should say that the IT department had attempted to upgrade it, because things weren't working right. All it took was a day of wasted time for her to get things limping along again.
Xen Hypervisor Goes For Full Virtualization
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
The Xen.org project will adopt much of the Citrix Systems virtual infrastructure and aims to supply a full virtualization environment.
Microsoft's 'Secret' Google Bashing
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Microsoft is conducting secret meetings to discuss ways to hobble Google, DailyFinance reports. Phrased in a less incendiary way, such as "Microsoft lobbyists are working to advance Microsoft's interests and blunt revenue threats from competitors," this hardly qualifies as news.
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Apple Snow Leopard Security Criticized
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
Apple Identifies Snow Leopard Incompatibilities
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
In the wake of widespread concern about software that might be incompatible with Snow Leopard, Apple has posted a support page describing known incompatibilities and how Snow Leopard handles them. A few items of interest to SMBs are on the list, and the smart businessperson will make sure to wait for updates or be prepared for workarounds.
Facebook Updates iPhone App
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Version 3.0 of the social networking app has a retooled user interface and new features.
The Free Software Foundation's Deadly Sins
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
After giving Vista a pummeling, the Free Software Foundation has turned to Windows 7's "sins" against computer users. And like their previous anti-Windows campaign, it misses the point. You can't improve your own lot by lowering everyone else's.

Shadow IT: A Plague on Good Governance
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
One of my favorite technology terms is "Shadow IT." The term is not employed often enough, and its role in undermining good information management should be more widely broadcast, because Shadow IT represents a plague on content management.
Apple Releases Snow Leopard
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac OS X 10.6 is now officially available for purchase.
Google Adds Auto-Translation To Docs
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Google translates documents using the company's machine translation, while preserving formatting and layout.
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered. Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.
Does Apple's Snow Leopard Really Matter To SMBs?
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
This is a big week for the Apple Macintosh. The company is rolling out its big Snow Leopard Mac OS X upgrade, and of special interest to SMBs, the server version of Snow Leopard debuts as well. But how big a deal is the Macintosh world to SMBs anyway?
Massachusetts Data Privacy Law Delayed, Again
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
We predicted this eventuality here, in this blog, 6 months ago. The MA Data Privacy law, touted by some as the most far reaching in the nation, is too unwieldy for small businesses to follow. However, the law is getting watered down a bit, making it more palatable for small businesses.
Tibco Acquires DataSynapse For $28 Million
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The move is "an aggressive play," says one analyst, to move beyond its traditional middleware messaging role into cloud computing.
Google Grants Docs Translation Powers
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
If your enterprise is spread across more than one country or region, chances are your employees don't all necessarily speak the same language. In order to help facilitate communication, Google Docs can now translate documents to 42 different languages.
Sirius XM Launches iPhone Dock
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The XM SkyDock uses the iPhone OS 3 hardware control capabilities to turn a motorist's Apple iPhone or iPod Touch into a satellite radio.
Job Seekers Flunk The Social Networking IQ Test
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Want to scrape the muck out of your company's job applicant pool? Just head for your favorite social networking site.
Social Networkers Risk More Than Privacy
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Facebook and Twitter users post personal information that could be used by professional home burglars looking for targets, says a U.K. study.
Facebook Promises Stronger Privacy Controls
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Snow Leopard Prices Slashed
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Amazon offering pre-sale discounts on Apple's new Mac OS.
Facebook Testing Mobile Payments
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The social network is enabling some users to buy Facebook Credits with their mobile phones instead of a credit card.
Federal Health IT Coding Event Draws Developers
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Open software designed to link health IT systems to the developing national health IT network is attracting interest.
Android App Users Not Inclined To Pay
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users are more than twice as likely to regularly purchase mobile apps, according to an AdMob survey.
Nokia Intros Linux-Based N900 Phone
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
It is still committed to open-source Symbian, Nokia says, but Maemo could be a complementary platform.
A License War - Or At Least A Debate
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Amidst the laundry list of links I get sent every day to paw through, FOSS Licences Wars was a standout. Despite the word "wars" in the title, it's actually less vitriolic than such a name would suggest. It's one guy's take on the whats, whys and should-Is of the different open source licenses.

Microsoft Slashes Xbox Prices
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Tech vendor also plans to add Facebook and Twitter links to gaming platform.
Google, Microsoft Jockey For Enterprise Dominance
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head next year over online apps for business.
Apple Snow Leopard Faces Windows 7 Fight
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The latest iteration of Mac OS X is looking like a solid upgrade, but Microsoft's follow up to Vista constitutes a major competitive threat.
Iomega Rolls Out 4-Drive Networked Attached Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Designed for small businesses and branch offices, Iomega StorCenter ix-4200d uses virtualization, RSA security, data protection, replication, and video surveillance technology from new corporate parent EMC.
Snow Leopard To Have Malware Protection?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
Sources with advance copies of Snow Leopard have discovered a built-in anti-malware feature. If Apple's taking threats to OS X seriously, maybe it's time for Mac-based businesses to do the same.
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